briefing paper

The current economic climate presents major challenges for Scotland and, in particular, for the health improvement drive where the need for action has rarely been greater. Consequently, there has never been a more important time for politicians and policy makers to look at ways in which they can best harness the energies that exist in Scotland’s communities. This document examines some of the initiatives undertaken by various community-led and voluntary sector groups.

A SCIE briefing presents the provision of care to terminally ill older people aged 65 and over within care homes settings (personal care and nursing).

Produced by SCIE, the Putting People First delivery team, IDeA and the LGA, this briefing provides a recap of the Putting People First concordant and outlines what this will mean for local authorities. It is a valuable guide to next steps for social care commissioners and managers.

Paper identifying and discussing some of the issues facing criminal and youth justice social work services in Scotland. These include effective practice and approaches, outcome evaluation, risk assessment, information management and restorative justice.

Paper summarising the policy literature and research concerning the ways, benefits and problems of involving patients in the planning of discharge to community or intermediate care.

This research briefing looks at the knowledge base around communicating with people with dementia.

In this position paper, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) sets out a skills and qualifications framework that should support practice learning, both in the new degree and across social care organisations. We focus on ways of supporting those whose task it is to assess practice in the workplace ('practice assessors’). We also look at employers’ opportunities for organisational development, improved practice standards and human resource development (HRD).

An overview and key findings from the "Towards a Common Currency" project by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) at the University of Birmingham and Peter Fletcher Associates. The paper looks at moving towards a common language to accurately describe older people’s housing.

Paper describing and evaluating Asset, a needs and risk assessment tool which supports evidence-based interventions in youth justice and helps to classify and concentrate resources on priority issues which can be changed.